Progressive Lenses – What’s Driving Your Vision?

By Alexander Bennett, ABOC
Monday, September 19, 2016 9:05 AM

Lens technology is currently progressing (pun intended) at a rapid rate. New lenses and technology are commonplace in the industry - but not always known to the consumer. It’s funny, when I ask a patient how they’ve enjoyed their lenses and if they’d like to learn about new options they’re usually confused. When I mention how many different varieties of lenses there are they typically answer “Don’t I wear a Zeiss lens?”

The 21st Century Optician

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:14 AM My personal career in the retail optical industry has spanned more than 40 years. I have seen amazing changes. When I started my training in Germany in 1973, we used glass lenses exclusively. CR39 was just coming on the market, and they were only used for safety reasons in children’s glasses. The optical quality of plastic lenses was clearly substandard, in our opinion, at that time.

Compensated Rx’s—When Lenses Don’t Measure As Prescribed!

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision,
ANSI Z80.1 Chair / Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair/ Exec Director of Optical Heritage Museum

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 1:05 PM

It was suggested recently that I discuss the topic of “compensated lens powers.” With the growth of freeform technology pioneered by Zeiss, this issue has received increased attention. I have come to realize there is confusion over the fundamentals of compensated Rx’s. I will attempt to explain this in simple terms and avoid mathematical explanations.

The Wonders of Technology

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 2:30 PM My optical career has spanned more than four decades now. Some of the practices I learned from early on are now written up in the history books. I lived them first hand. That’s a little scary.

The Other Side of Free-Form

By Michael Walach
Monday, April 18, 2016 10:05 AM

There’s much more to “free-form” (FF) than just the progressive lenses that you have begun to use. Free-form is a process that is used to manufacture wide varieties of lenses: single vision, aspherics, atorics, bifocals and specialty lenses in addition to progressives. The category of free-form is composed of equipment, software, patient adjusted power lenses, varieties of lens designs, as well as new ways to control the technical attributes of lenses and their quality.

Embracing Digital Single Vision Lenses

By Alexander Bennett, ABOC
Monday, April 11, 2016 10:15 AM

Every so often, when I’m dispensing new glasses patients say the strangest things, like “My new lenses, they’re almost too clear.” I’ve heard this more frequently. What is our office doing differently? The significant change has been introducing digitally surfaced single-vision lenses to our patients.

The Story Of One Seasoned Optician

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Monday, December 21, 2015 2:10 PM

It has been a long, long time -- more than 40 years to be exact. I started my optical career in Germany in 1973, fresh out of high school. My dream was to go to Medical School, which simply did not work out. So, I followed in my sister’s footsteps and joined the optical company that she had married into.

Adopting New Technology: Digital Frame Measuring Devices

By Alex Bennett, ABOC
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:17 PM

A recent segment on NPR discussed the integration of technology in society. It was about Google’s driverless car project and whether people will allow a machine to be in control. Many predict people won’t accept this technology once it becomes available.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision (Part Four)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:50 AM In the final Part Four of this series about utilizing newer lens designs and technologies to provide better vision for our single vision.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision (Part Three)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:09 PM In Part One of this series we examined asphericity, dual asphericity, atoricity and Free-form as better choices for a clearer field of vision in single vision lenses. Each provides an improvement in the way that a patient sees.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision (Part Two)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:05 AM In part one of this series we began to examine and discuss asphericity, dual asphericity, atoricity and Free-form as better choices for a clearer field of vision in single vision lenses.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 1:00 PM How many reading this are promoting and selling Free-form progressives? Come on, put up your hands and keep them up.

Free-form Lens Technology

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:00 AM

Many leaders in the vision industry expect Free-form technology to be the next revolution in vision correction. How can we wrap our minds around this complicated technology and, even more important, how can we explain it to our patients?

Free-form Lenses: Address the Needs of Your Patient at Work and Play

By Brian Linde, OD
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:57 PM Enhance the lives of your patients by prescribing free-form spectacle lenses that meet lifestyle needs ranging from computer work to outdoor recreation. Loyalty and referrals will follow.

Digital Centration Devices: A Quiet But Important Revolution

By Barry Santini, ABOM
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:44 PM While most eyecare practices continue to be comfortable with and rely upon marker pens, PD sticks, pupilometers and seg-height gauges to obtain the basic fitting measurements for eyewear sales, behind the scenes there has been a quiet revolution.
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